Baghdad, Iraq, May 17, 2007 / 09:51 am
The Patriarch of the Ancient Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Addai II, has called on the Prime Minister and the Iraqi parliament to put an end to the tragic situation that Christians in Iraq are enduring due to the constant threats and attacks against them.
“Those who are in positions of responsibility must put an end to the persecution of Christians because all of us, Muslims and Christians, are part of one family, we are children of the same land,” the patriarch said.
“The violence against Christians in Iraq, but especially in Baghdad and Mosul, is against the spirit of Islam,’ Mar Addai said, adding his voice to that of the other Patriarchs, Mar Emmanuel III Delly of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Mar Dinkha IV of the Assyrian Orthodox Church of the East and Mar Gregotios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Catholic Church.
“The actions of armed groups are forcing Christians from Baghdad, district by district. After Dora, the violence has become fiercer and has reached the western districts of the capital,” the website Baghdadhope reported.